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Observation Deck
December 02, 2013 Posted by

One of the most relevant metrics this past year has been the unemployment rate. The driving force behind the focus on the unemployment rate has been the slow road to recovery post the financial crisis in which the U.S. lost over 8 million jobs, as well as the Federal Reserve announcement that it is targeting an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent before raising interest rates. Since that target was announced the unemployment rate has garnered a lot of attention.

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Technology
November 12, 2013 Posted by
This week I had the opportunity to interview and introduce three more amazing CEOs to a few of our clients in San Diego, Dallas and Seattle as part of our 30 for 30 CEO events this year. We hosted Dr. Paul Jacobs, the CEO of Qualcomm, Spencer Radcoff, the CEO of Zillow and T.Boone Pickens, who really needs no introduction.
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Advisories; Observation Deck
October 01, 2013 Posted by
At the September Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, which was regarded as the most highly anticipated meeting of the year, officials jolted markets with the announcement of no tapering of bond purchases at this time. In the headline commentary of Observation Deck, "Summer of Volatility," portfolio manager Renuka Kumar discusses how recent bond market volatility has been driven by the Fed and monetary policy.
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Capital Access; Technology; Venture Capital; U.S.
September 12, 2013 Posted by
We've had a front row seat to the exciting pace of growth in the innovation sector in and around New York City for more than a dozen years. Working with some of the most exciting sectors, companies and their investors in business today, we’re thrilled to play a role in strengthening the environment for dynamic, innovative companies in New York – and we see it paying off.
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Observation Deck
September 03, 2013 Posted by
Financial yields have rallied substantially since the credit crisis of 2008–2009. According to Barclay’s indices, the differential between intermediate industrial and financial sectors bond spreads has tightened significantly, with a mere 11 bps differential as of the end August 2013.
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Startups; Technology
August 26, 2013 Posted by

The Silicon Valley Bank network, extended through the teams in our local offices around the country, is making it possible for me to sit down with client CEOs and some fascinating guest speakers as part of our 30 for 30 CEO events* this year. Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CIO Brenna Berman of the City of Chicago, and meet about two dozen CEOs from the Chicago area.

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Observation Deck
August 01, 2013 Posted by
Market speculation on the timing of the Fed’s tapering has caused volatility in the bond market. Global corporate new bond issuances declined materially in June 2013 compared to robust issuance levels during the first five months of 2013. Nonetheless, we generally expect corporate credit risk to remain steady through 2013, with divergence in credit trends among various sectors. While investment grade corporate credit spreads initially widened 16 bps on speculation of the Fed’s tapering bond purchases, they have recently tightened by around 20 bps to 76 bps around mid-July.
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Observation Deck
July 01, 2013 Posted by
The Fed believes the U.S. economy must be on stronger footing to consider reducing bond purchases and ending quantitative easing programs (QE). The talk of the possible end of QE led to a recent spike in bond yields. Since Chairman Ben Bernanke’s economic testimony to Congress on May 22, the U.S. Treasury curve has seen bond yields climbed as high as 60 basis points.
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Public Policy; Startups; Technology
June 12, 2013 Posted by

Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA 4th District) joined SVB CEO Greg Becker for a client dinner in Boston with about 30 local and discussed variety of issues, all in the general category of how the Federal Government can help entrepreneurs succeed. The topics included immigration reform, education (esp. education in science, technology, engineering and math, or “STEM”), what’s going on with patent litigation, the business environment in MA, hiring, and federal funding for R&D. More information is available on our blog page.

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